Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Thursday, February 10, 2011

lock heart, Paris, France

I thought this was an adorable idea.

Usually I'm a bitter, cynical bitch on Valentine's day who hates everything cutesy and yuppie, but I couldn't help but let out an audible "awww" when I first read about this.

Location: Pont des Arts, near the Louvre, where a very peculiar yet lovely tradition occurs. Lovers take a lock and attach it on a fence, sealing their love. They then throw the key into the nearby river as a symbol that their love will never be undone. Simple, yet cute.

Unfortunately however, these locks are often taken down after they're put up (something about them being an eyesore?), which I found quite oxymoronic. Isn't Paris supposed to be the city of love?

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Beauty and the Beast, or the Stockholm Syndrome in fairy tales

So today, instead of studying for midterms, I happened across Canadian artist Marina Bychkova, who makes the most beautiful and mesmerizing porcelain dolls I have ever laid my eyes on. While I'm too creeped out by dolls to have one of these sitting in my bedroom staring at me, I've spent hours on her website just staring at these beauties. The bodies are so stylized and ethereal, it's almost haunting. Not to mention that they are almost lifelike. My personal favorite is Beauty and the Beast. 

My other favorites are Aphrodite, Captain Nemo's daughter, Anna Karenina, and Golden Lily.